Salad

Salad

Cucamelon

Mexico’s “mouse melon” is actually a tiny cucumber. Cucamelons are grape-sized fruits that look like Lilliputian watermelons but taste like cucumbers. They are native to Mexico and Central America, where they go by nicknames such as sandita (“little watermelon”) or sandía ratón (“mouse melon”). They look so much like watermelons that unscrupulous seed-mongers often sell them as actual tiny …

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Tear lettuce leaves by hand?

The popular belief that tearing lettuce stops its edges browning is based on the theory that it damages fewer cells and limits oxidisation. There’s nothing, however, to prove it’s any less destructive than cutting the leaves with a knife. Both will turn brown at the same rate.

Storing cucumbers

Cucumbers should be stored at room temperature – not in the refrigerator. We knew this about tomatoes, but cucumbers, too? Root Simple cites the University of California, Davis study, which determined that cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50°F and may develop “chilling injuries” including water-soaked areas, pitting, and accelerated decay. If you must refrigerate …

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Freshen up limp vegetables

Salvage wilted produce: Drop your aging produce into ice water before cooking. Plants wilt due to water loss; ice water penetrates their cells to restore crispness. Noreen

Storing celery

The best way to store fresh celery is to wrap it in aluminium foil and put it in the refrigerator it will keep for weeks.

Storing cucumbers

Cucumbers should be stored at room temperature – not in the refrigerator. We knew this about tomatoes, but cucumbers, too? The University of California, Davis, determined that cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50°F and may develop “chilling injuries” including water-soaked areas, pitting, and accelerated decay. If you must refrigerate your cucumbers, limit it to 1-3 …

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Dressing a salad

When adding dressing to salad, drizzle it around the outside of the bowl, not on the leaves, then hand-mix. This prevents the bulk of the dressing from getting stuck on a few leaves.

Preparing salad vegetables

Use a coarse Microplane to shave vegetables into salads or vinaigrettes. You can create an orange-fennel dressing by adding grated fennel and orange zest to a simple vinaigrette.Paul Kahan – Avec, Big Star, Blackbird and The Publican, Chicago

Dressings

For rich, creamy dressings made healthy, substitute half the mayonnaise with Greek-style yoghurt.Ellie Krieger – Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger

Preserving lettuce

Clean and wash lettuce as usual. Cut into the regular size you use. Put into plastic bag and vacuum seal it. Refrigerate up to 1 week or even longer if your lettuce started out very fresh.

Salad dressing

Don’t dress the salad when having a big party. Leave it on the side and let the people do it themselves. I’ve had too many soggy salads because of this.Marc Forgione – Iron Chef America

Preserving celery, broccoli and lettuce

If you wrap your celery in tin foil before placing it in the fridge it will last for weeks, and it will still be fresh and crisp when you pull it out! This also works for stored broccoli for 7 weeks wrapped in tin foil, and heads of lettuce for at least 6 weeks!!!